Astronauts from three different countries blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday, July 20, 2019 – the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 – heading for the International Space Station.
Onboard were Colonel Andrew Morgan of the U.S. Army, Russian Air Force Colonel (retired) Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Italian Air Force Colonel Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency.
Col. Morgan was photographed numerous times wearing his new Army Green Service Uniform prior to the launch. The AGSU reproduces a lot of the style and features of the 1940-pattern Officers Dress Uniform – the famous “Pinks and Greens”. The AGSU jacket is made from a 55-percent polyester / 45-percent wool fabric known as “Elastique”, and the pants are made from a 55-percent polyester / 45-percent wool fabric known as “Gabardine”. Elastique is a double-weave fabric that is durable, holds creases well, resist wrinkles, and was also used for the original 1940-pattern Officers’ uniform. Gabardine fabric was invented by Thomas Burberry (founder of the famous British clothing brand Burberry) and has a long history of use for military uniforms.
In the image, you can see some of the key features of the shirt-sleeve order “Class B” version of the AGSU. Note the khaki-tan color of the shirt and the dark olive drab color of the Officer’s Style side-cap, the slip-on shoulder rank insignia, and the tie. Also noteworthy are the scalloped shirt pocket flaps that reflect the traditional style of the WWII era Army dress uniform.
What can’t be seen from photos is that the fabric of the shirt is of a higher quality than the ASU. Unlike previous uniform shirts, the AGSU shirt fabric will include a high percentage of cotton fibers. In fact, it is comprised of 75% cotton and only 25% polyester. The polyester fibers will make the shirt more wrinkle- and stain-resistant, and mean that it will also hold a crease for longer – giving a sharper appearance. The high cotton content, on the other hand, makes the shirt more breathable and comfortable to wear in a wider range of climates and temperatures.
Flying Cross has been making uniforms for more than a century and a half, but we can’t help but feel especially proud of the Army Green Service Uniform set we made for Col. Morgan. We wish him and his colleagues aboard the ISS a successful mission and a safe return to earth.
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